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    wondered aloud

    Does "wondered aloud" mean "spoke out loudly in an inquiring way"?

    The problem here is that there seems to be controdictary: Because what he spoke aloud is "the carrier of the genetic information from old chromosomes to newmight not be the nucleic acid, DNA", which is incorrect (We now know DNA is exactly the carrier of genetic information); and what the author narrated in the following passages is that DNA showed its role as the carrier! Which the author touts as a revolutionary discovery.



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    In 1936, at the Rockefeller Institute on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a microbiologist called Oswald Avery wondered aloud if the "transforming principle"that is, the carrier of the genetic information from old chromosomes to newmight not be the nucleic acid, DNA. No one took much notice. DNA seemed just a boring binding agent for the protein in the cell.
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    Averys discovery has been called worth two Nobel Prizes, but he never got even one.
    In 1943, Avery, at 67, was too old for military service. Still working at the Rockefeller Institute and building on an experiment with pneumococcus (bacteria that cause pneumonia) done by the English physician Frederick Griffith in 1928, he made a revolutionary discovery. He found that when DNA was transferred from a dead strain of pneumoccocus to a living strain, it brought with it the hereditary attributes of the donor.
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    Re: wondered aloud

    It's not obvious, I guess, but to wonder if something might not be the case means "to wonder if something might be the case".
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    Re: wondered aloud

    So here is a case of "No = Yes"?

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    Re: wondered aloud

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    Does "wondered aloud" mean "spoke out loudly in an inquiring way"?
    No. It means that he formally wrote down his thoughts as a working scientist. You can't do science (or win a Nobel Prize) just by thinking.

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    Re: wondered aloud

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    So here is a case of "No = Yes"?
    I'm afraid so.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: wondered aloud

    GoodTaste, say:

    The problem here is there seems to be a contradiction.
    Not a professional teacher

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